The Department of National Defence is conducted controlled burning on its Rocky Point property in Metchosin. (Chief Stephanie Dunlop/Metchosin Fire Department)

Controlled burn in Metchosin leaves smoke in the region

DND covering 20.5 hectares with controlled burn to protect Garry oaks

Residents in Greater Victoria may see and smell smoke in the air over the next few days.

Prescribed burning at the Department of National Defence’s Rocky Point property began on Wednesday and is expected to occur for about four to six days between mid-September and the beginning of October.

According to a news release from CFB Esquimalt, Garry oak ecosystems at Rocky Point benefit “significantly” from fire. Without fire, the grassland ecosystems are taken over by conifers such as pine and fir trees as well as invasive plants. The encroaching wildlife reduces the area of Garry oak habitat and increases the risk of uncontrolled fire at Rocky Point.

READ ALSO: DND burns 14 hectares to protect Garry oaks

To improve and restore military training areas and the habitat for rare native plants as well as reduce the risk of forest fire, the prescribed burn is being done over 20.5 hectares of land on the property.

Provincial fire crews are directly supervising the burn during optimal conditions.

Langford Fire Rescue posted on Facebook and Twitter that smoke seen Wednesday evening in Langford’s Happy Valley and surrounding areas was from the prescribed burn and could last for the next three days.

The City of Colwood also posted on its Facebook page saying smoke in the air around Colwood is likely due to the burn.

On Wednesday, Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop shared photos of the burn, saying it will be happening for the next three days.

READ ALSO: Raptors evacuated due to threatening Oakanagan wildfire


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Lone wolf eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

PHOTOS: Hundreds gather in downtown Victoria for Extinction Rebellion climate protest

The rally is the kickoff to the Global Climate Strike Week of Action

Hundreds of foreign species continue to wash along B.C. coast following Japanese tsunami

The Royal BC Museum is home to thousands of samples collected along the west coast of North America

Church bells to ring for 11 minutes in support of Global Climate Strike

Each minute to signify years left to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should the province step in to upgrade the road to Bamfield?

The death of two University of Victoria students on a bus bound… Continue reading

Most Read